Our Instructors

Vicki: owner, instructor
Vicki
Certified Pilates Instructor and Owner

Vicki's Pilates full studio training certification was completed in 2005 through Momentum Studios of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been in the fitness instruction profession for over 18 years here in the Portland area. She started out with the Step Aerobic programs, added Stationary Cycling, personal trainer programs, dance programs, and taught Yoga through Yogafit International. She came to Sellwood Pilates Studio (formerly Imago Dei Studio) as a Yoga instructor and fell in love with the core, strength, and balance challenge through movement that Pilates teaches. After her Pilates certification was completed, she became an instructor and has been teaching here for the past 10 years. Then the opportunity came her way to become the owner of the studio.

 

Vicki finds Pilates to be the most complete and comprehensive program in keeping your body moving. For over 18 years she has taught and helped men and women of all ages and levels to reach their goals for better balance, flexibility, posture, and mobility using the Pilates method. Each one is "strengthened from the center out".

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(503) 465-4086

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Nobuko: instructor
Nobuko
Certified Pilates Instructor

Nobuko has taught Pilates internationally in the US and Japan. She is drawn to Pilates’ simple but universal style that helps achieve deep, long-lasting results. Movement has always been central to Nobuko’s life. She’s played competitive volleyball, competed in field athletics, and studied and performed modern dance with The Jun Kono Dance Troupe in Japan. As a result, she has become all too familiar with back pain, knee injuries, and shoulder issues. Through learning how to manage her own recovery, Nobuko has developed a keen interest in rehabilitation and prevention.

Nobuko believes movement is the key. Her focus is on mind-body connection and feeling good in daily life. She guides clients to re-educate their bodies and introduces them to new movement patterns – helping them overcome unhealthy habits and build strength, flexibility, and confidence. Her teaching style is a combination of Pilates repertoire and therapeutic method.

She is certified with The Physical Mind Institute, Balanced Body, The Pilates Method Alliance, and she is a Bodhi Suspension System® Master Trainer. She also has Personal Trainer certifications from NSCA-CPT,  and ACE. Nobuko continues to grow her knowledge with ongoing participation in workshops and conferences.

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(503) 465-4086

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Jenny
Certified Pilates Instructor

Jenny was born in California but grew up in Lakewood, Colorado. She attended Lewis and Clark College here in Portland where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. After graduation, Jenny worked at KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs as a writer/producer, then at McGraw-Hill as a copywriter, and later at her own business as a freelance copywriter.

She began her fitness career in 1995 when she completed her Group Fitness Instructor certification with the American Council on Exercise (ACE). After 10 years of “gym-y” training, she sought something more mindful and found Pilates. A 2005 National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) certification in mat Pilates led to a Physicalmind mat and full-equipment certification in 2008.

Now she is here to fulfill Joseph Pilates’ plan for world domination . . . in a non-diabolical, happy kind of way, of course. She hopes her teaching reveals how ideal his exercise program is, and how you can adapt it to your changing physical needs over your lifetime. Yes, lifetime.

While she takes this pursuit seriously, she wants you to enjoy the process of discovery. So come see her and have some fun.

Jenny considers Joe a personal friend, so she might combine her video production and writing background with her Pilates knowledge to make a movie about him. Stay tuned . . .

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(503) 465-4086

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Sarita
Certified Pilates Instructor

Sarita has always had a passion for movement. She graduated with a BFA in Dance from CSU Long Beach in 2015 and it was during her time at school that she received her Body Arts and Science International Pilates certification with a specialization in dance. Sarita has danced professionally with various companies throughout the California Bay Area and taught at numerous studios. With a unique understanding of body mechanics developed through lifelong dance training, Sarita emphasizes proper form through detailed instruction and precise cuing. She is excited to join the Sellwood Pilates Team and looking forward to exploring Portland. 

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(503) 465-4086

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